Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke council debates moving prayers before meetings

Councillors in Stoke-on-Trent are set to debate bringing prayers forward by 15 minutes before meetings.

Supporters of the motion say it would "provide clear separation of prayers from the formal business of the meeting".

It comes after the High Court ruled last month that a council in Devon acted illegally by including prayers in meetings.

Bideford Town Council is now appealing against the ruling.

Terry Crowe, a Labour councillor supporting the motion, said: "I think [saying prayers] sets people's minds in the right tone.

"We have people of all faith in the council chamber, and we have people who don't have a faith, and we've got to respect their wishes."

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